Bickham, George (1684–1758): The Universal Penmanship
mod. hand coloured copper engraving; plate size approx. 33 x 20 cm; edges slightly frayed but not affecting image, o/w exc. cond.
Each plate has a descriptive text dedicated to a particular subject with vignette and is surrounded by a decorative border.
George Bickham the Elder was an English writing master and engraver who is best known for his The Universal Penman, a collection of writing examples which helped to popularise the English Round Hand script in the 18th century and which was considered to be the most important and popular of copy texts used by writing masters to instruct their pupils.